Spotlight on Energizing Camel Pose

Nov 08, 2016, Sonya Patel

What is it: This modified pose is a great way to counteract sitting or slouching over a desk or cell phone all day. It is considered a backbend, but don’t worry – it can be done in your chair with no equipment or extra space! Camel pose gives to the entire front of the body, including thighs, hips, abs, chest, and throat a great stretch. 

Why we love it: Backbends, like camel pose energize your body by sending oxygen to your brain quickly. It’s a great quick and simple energizing pose that can be done first thing in the morning or before an assessment! This pose sounds difficult, but isn’t since it can be modified for each person’s flexibility and comfort level.

How to do it:

  1. Sit almost to the back of your chair. Leave enough space to push your palms into the seat of the chair.
  2. Press your feet into the floor.
  3. Press your palms into the chair behind your hips.
  4. Inhale to lift your chest and curve your back to create backbend.
  5. Hold this “Seated Camel Pose” for 3 slow breaths.
  6. As you breath in, try to lift your chest a little more.
  7. As you breathe out press into your hands and feet more.
  8. Breathe in and sit back up as you breathe out.
  9. Notice your heart rate and return to your normal breath. 

To watch videos of camel, check Camel 1 and Camel 2.

Just a few minutes is all you need for this pose. The results will have you and your energized throughout the day!

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